Obituaries from the
"Hamilton County News"

Reprinted with permission from the
Hamilton County News!
Transcribed by Annie Weaver

Note: These obits were reprinted in the newspaper in the 1970s and are taken from the later papers.

Vernon Benway, 71, formerly of Long Lake, died Monday, Aug. 8, 1988 at Glens Falls Hospital, Glens Falls. He was born April 8, 1917, in Willsboro, the son of John and Anna Lovett Benway.
    Mr. Benway worked as a custodian at the Long Lake Town Hall until he retired in 1978. He was married to Geraldine Burnette in Long Lake, Nov. 24, 1937. She died Feb. 11, 1985.
    Mr. Benway is survived by seven daughters, [private]; and five sons, [private].
    Also surviving are three brothers, Phillip, Albany, Kenneth, Willsboro, and Norman, Bethel, Conn.; a sister, Naomia Commorana, Milford, Conn., 22 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Services were held at St. Henry's Church with the Deacon Edward White officiating. Burial was in Long Lake Cemetery.

Edmund "Ged" Clement, 91, of Deerland Road, Indian Lake, died June 8, 1988, at the General Hospital in Saranac Lake. He was born June 7, 1897, in Long Lake, the son of Isaac and Jane Duane Clement.
    He was married to the former Rose Parker, Jan. 8, 1942. She survives. Mr. Clement was the first manager of the Grand Union store in Long Lake, a position held for several years in the late 1930's. He owned and operated the Adirondack Hotel in Long Lake until 1965. He then operated the Park Lake Trailer Court for 10 years, until retiring in 1975.
    During the 1940's, he was supervisor of the Town of Long Lake. He also served as a town councilman and was chairman of the Hamilton County Republican party. A retired Town of Long Lake fireman, he was also a member of the Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree, Tupper Lake Council 2177.
    Survivors, in addition to his wife, include a daughter, [private]; two sons, [private]; eight grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
    A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Henry's Church, with Monsignor Leo Hudzik officiating. Burial at the Long Lake Cemetery.

Roberta C. English, 45, died Aug. 16, 1988, at University Hospital, Syracuse. Born June 26, 1943, she was the daughter of Robert L. and Frances Parker Chapin of New Berlin. Mrs. English was a high school social studies teacher at Long Lake Central School. She was a member of the New York State Teacher's Association and the Council for Social Studies Association.
    Mrs. English was a National Weather Service co-op weather observer for 20 years. Survivors besides her parents include her husband, Eugene M. English, Newcomb; two daughters, [private]; two sisters, Mrs. Stephen (Ernma) Runion, Norwich and Mrs. Marcelle (Sharon) Chase, Cazenovia.
    Services were held at Dakin Funeral Home, followed by burial at St. Andrew's Cemetery, New Berlin.

James Frank Fuller, Sr., 67, died Thursday, Aug. 16, 1988 at Humana Hospital, Sabastian, Fla., following a long illness. Mr. Fuller was born April 21, 1921, in Sodom, Warren County, the son of William and Ethel Coulter Fuller. He lived in Wells for many years, spending the winter months in Florida for the past 18 years.
    He owned and operated Fuller's Store and Trailer Park for many years, retiring three years ago. Mr. Fuller was a communicant of the Wells Methodist Church. He was married to Dorothy King Oct. 8, 1944.
    In addition to his wife, Mr. Fuller is survived by three sons, James Frank, Jr., Scotia, Allen G., Troy, and Leon, Toledo, Ohio; five daughters, [private], Scotia, [private] and [private], both Ravena, Albany Co., [private], Toledo and [private], Barefoot Bay; a stepsister, Shirley Hogan, Richfield Springs, Otsego County; and 12 grandchildren. Burial was private.

Elizabeth M. Porter, 86, died Aug. 14, 1988, at Mercy Health Care Center, Tupper Lake, after a short illness. Mrs. Porter was born March 11, 1902 at Indian Lake, the daughter of Emery King and Harriet Bennett. Survivors include three daughters, [private]; three sons, [private]; 24 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, and nephews, nieces and cousins.
    Services were held at the United Methodist Church, the Rev. Arthur Wyman officiating. Interment was at the Cedar River Cemetery.


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